Keys to the Past

Mohope lead mines (West Allen)

Bouse teams at Mohopehead lead mine. Photo Northumberland County Council.
Bouse teams at Mohopehead lead mine. Photo Northumberland County Council.

These are the remains of a small lead mine standing on the banks of the River West Allen. It was active between the 1820s and 1850s. The visible remains are well preserved and include an adit, a lodging shop and a spoil heap. The arched stone entrance of the adit is visible on the western edge of the monument. It still acts as a drainage tunnel and the stream which comes from it crosses the monument in a narrow stone channel. The stone house may once have been used as a blacksmith's house. A set of extremely well-preserved bouse teams can also be seen. The structures are Grade II Listed Buildings protected by law and the site is a Scheduled Monument.

Reference number:N6326
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Mohopehead Lead Mine and Ore Works, Ninebanks, Northumberland: Archaeological Survey and Building Recording 2012; Wardell Armstrong
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Mohopehead Lead Mine and Ore Works, Ninebanks, Northumberland: Archaeological Survey and Building Recording 2012; Wardell Armstrong

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Source of Reference
Local History of West Allen


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